Lower house passes scrap incentive, anti-crisis measures


The Chamber of Deputies has overturned a presidential veto to pass a law supporting economic growth and social stability. The law will introduce scrap automobile incentives and other anti-crisis measures. It passed the lower house with 101 votes, the minimum needed in order to overturn the veto. The bill was primarily advocated by the Social Democratic Party on the grounds that it included not only scrap incentives but also temporary tax allowances and unemployment benefits. Czech President Václav Klaus vetoed the package in July, complaining that it was discriminatory and unsystematic. The scrap incentive he said favoured one sector with a powerful lobby at the expense of other parts of the economy.